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Default Week 8 Gameday Thread: Patriots @ Steelers 10/30/11

Steelers host Patriots at Heinz Field
Posted Oct 27, 2011
http://www.steelers.com/news/article...f-a051b049581c



Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) vs. New England Patriots (5-1)
Date
: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011
Kickoff
: 4:15 p.m., ET
Site
: Heinz Field (65,500) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface
: Grass
TV Coverage
: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers
: Jim Nantz (play-by-play)Phil Simms (color analyst)
Local Radio
: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers
: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play)Tunch Ilkin (color analyst)Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio:
Westwood One
Announcers:
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play)Mark Malone (color analyst)Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City)XEDA-FM 90.5

Steelers notes for Patriots game

THE COACHES

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 48-23 (.676)/fifth seasonRegular-season record at Pittsburgh: 48-23 (.676)/fifth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 5-2/three years

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
Overall regular-season record: 167-95 (.637)/17th seasonRegular-season record at New England: 131-51 (.719)/12th seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 14-5/eight years

SERIES HISTORY

Series History: Series began in 1972
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 13-8
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 9-6
At New England: Pittsburgh leads 4-2
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 14, 2010 (in Pittsburgh) New England 39, Pittsburgh 26
Postseason Series: New England leads 3-1
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 13-8 all-time record against the New England Patriots in the regular season and a 1-3 mark in the postseason...the Steelers are 9-6 at home and 4-2 in New England in the regular season...Pittsburgh is 1-2 against the Patriots at Heinz Field in the regular season...Pittsburgh has not won at home in the regular season against the Patriots since a 34-20 victory in 2004...the Steelers snapped the Patriots’ NFL-record 18-game regular-season winning streak with that victory in 2004...New England has won
seven of the past nine games in the series (including postseason), including victories in
the 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship games, both in Pittsburgh...Pittsburgh and New
England have met four times in the postseason and the Steelers are 1-3 in those games, including a 1-2 record at home...the Steelers defeated the Patriots, 7-6, on Jan. 3, 1998, in the AFC Divisional Playoffs...however, Pittsburgh lost, 24-17, to the Patriots in the
AFC Championship Game Jan. 27, 2002, and 41-27 in the 2004 AFC Championship
Game.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR


PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES• The Steelers look to improve to 328-207 all-time against AFCopponents.• Pittsburgh looks to open the season 4-0 at Heinz Field for the firsttime since 2009.• Including the regular and postseason, Pittsburgh is looking forseventh consecutive win at home, which marks longest homewinning streak since winning 10 in row in 2008-09.• Pittsburgh looks to earn its sixth victory in the last seven games.• The Steelers defense looks to allow less than 150 passing yardsfor the fifth time in the last seven games.• Pittsburgh’s defense will look to hold their seventh straight opponentto 20 points or less (0, 20, 17, 17, 13, 20).• The Steelers are looking for first win against New England athome since 2004.

PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES


Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Looks to improve to 2-2 against New England.
Will look to improve to 49-23 overall and 28-8 at home during theregular season.
Looks to win the first four home games of the season for the thirdtime in five years (2009, 2007).

QB Ben Roethlisberger
Will look to record his 16th consecutive game with at least 200yards passing.
With a win will improve to 22-7 as a starting quarterback in themonth of October.
Looks for fourth 100.0 rating of the season and 45th of hiscareer.

WR Hines Ward
• Needs 40 receiving yards to reach 12,000 for his career. Hewould be 19th player in NFL history to reach the mark and the firstin Steelers’ history. Ward will become the third player in NFL historyto reach 12,000 career receiving yards and win multiple SuperBowls (Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Art Monk).

RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Needs one rushing touchdown to tie Willie Parker (24) for theeighth-most in team history.• Is 153 yards away from passing Frenchy Fuqua (2,942) for the12th most career rushing yards in franchise history.

LB James Harrison
• Needs 2.5 sacks to tie Greg Lloyd (53.5) for the sixth-highestcareer total in team history.

SS Troy Polamalu
• After returning a fumble 16 yards for the second fumble returnedfor a touchdown of his career vs. Indianapolis (Week 3), is oneaway from tying Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned fortouchdowns in franchise history.• Needs one touchdown to move into a tie for the second-mostdefensive touchdowns in Steelers history.• One interception shy of tying Jack Lambert (28) for the ninth-mostin Steelers’ history.• Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie CarnellLake, Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno(3) for the third-most in franchise history.
• Needs 41 yards to surpass Chad Scott (368) for the ninth-mostinterception return yards in a career in Steelers’ history.

LB LaMarr Woodley
• Needs 0.5 sacks to pass Dwight White (46.0) for the eighth mostall-time.• After recording the 15th multi-sack game of his career during theregular season last week versus Arizona (2.0), looks to registermultiple sacks in four consecutive regular season games for thefirst time in his career.• Needs one sack to tie LB James Harrison (8.0, 2009) for thefourth most sacks by a Steeler in the first eight games of a season.It would also mark the second most sacks of his career throughthe first eight games (9.5, 2008).
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